An alternate London is the perfect setting for this steampunk thriller. Everything about this book is completely captivating. The characters are compelling, the story flows quickly and evenly and the plot surprises with unexpected twists and turns. The author’s voice is unusual and creative, adding to the mystique of the retro-Victorian atmosphere. Fans of classic horror and urban fantasy will enjoy all this book has to offer. Although you won’t find a happily ever after, Tarnished provides the foundation for the possibility of one in the future. I cannot wait for what’s next for Cherry St. Croix. This is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
Cherry St. Croix is a debutante by day, bounty hunter (or collector) by night. In her sordid city of London, polite society lives above a dark underbelly of advanced technology and dazzling magic. While on the hunt for a murderer, Cherry must face her dark past, confront her competing identities and decide what is most important: her life or her reputation. (AVON, Jun., 384 pp $7.99)